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1 Kindergarten Curriculum Unit 1 God s Loves Creates the Universe Theme Children are helped to realize that all of creation is a gift from God, who created all things out of a deep, abiding love for us. Chapter 1 God Creates the Skies To help the children learn that the sun, moon, stars, clouds, day, and night are gifts of God s To help the children express their wonder and awe at the gifts of God s creation. To help the children become more aware of God s gifts of daytime and nighttime. To help the children express their appreciation for God s gifts of the sun, moon, stars, and clouds. To help the children celebrate God s gifts of the sun, moon, stars, and clouds. Chapter 2 God Creates the World To help the children realize that God created the world because God loves beauty and life. To help the children become more aware that the beauty and wonder God created exists everywhere. To help the children deepen their appreciation of the beauty of God s world. To help the children praise God for the gifts of creation. To help the children celebrate their appreciation of God s natural gifts Chapter 3 God Creates the Animals To help the children realize that God creates animals and loves them. To help the children better appreciate that animals can be our friends. To help the children learn a Bible story about God s love for animals. To help the children deepen their appreciation for all God s animals. To help the children celebrate God s gift of animals. Chapter 4 God Creates People To help the children appreciate that God creates and loves all people. To help the children understand that God created people who love them. To help the children become aware that because God and people love them, they can love, too. To help the children express their thanks for all the gifts of God s creation. To help the children celebrate God s gifts of creation. Unit 2 God s Love Makes Me Who I Am Theme To help the children realize that their bodies, talents, feelings, and senses are gifts from a loving God.

2 Chapter 5 God Creates Me To help the children realize that God s love makes them special. To help the children deepen their awareness of the special talents God has given them. To help the children learn that they can praise God with their talents. To help the children praise God for themselves and their talents. To help the children praise God by celebrating their talents. Chapter 6 God Gives Me Feelings To help the children identify their many feelings. To help the children understand that God knows how we feel. To help the children learn how Hannah shared her feelings with God and others. To help the children deepen their awareness of the many feelings that God gave them. To help the children praise God by celebrating their feelings. Chapter 7 God Creates My Senses To help the children discover that their five senses are gifts from God. To help the children deepen their appreciation of the five senses. To help the children thank God for each of their senses. To help the children become more aware of their senses. To help the children praise God by celebrating their senses. Unit 3 God s Love Gives Me People to Love Theme Children will realize that God gives them many people to love families, friends, teachers, neighbors, and community members. Chapter 8 God Gives Me a Family To help the children appreciate the families God has given them. To help the children appreciate that families take care of them and give them God s To help the children realize that they can thank their families for loving them. To help the children become aware of how they can help their families. To help the children celebrate the love they share in their families. Chapter 9 God gives Me Friends To help the children appreciate the friends God has given them. To help the children realize that God wants us to be good friends. To help the children understand that friends help and thank each other. To help the children make friends and cooperate with each other. To help the children celebrate the love they share with friends. Chapter 10 God Gives Me Teachers To help the children appreciate all the teachers God has given them.

3 To help the children appreciate that their family members teach them new things at home. To help the children realize that they can teach, too. To help the children express their thanks to the teachers they have had. To help the children celebrate the love they share with teachers. Chapter 11 God Gives Me Neighbors To help the children appreciate the neighbors and community members God has given them. To help the children realize that neighbors show God s To help the children understand who their neighbors and community members are. To help the children learn how neighbors and community helpers show God s To help the children discover how to be good neighbors and show God s Unit 4 God s Love Gives Me Jesus Theme To help the children realize that God gives them Jesus, who teaches them to love God, themselves, and others. Chapter 12 Jesus Comes to Us To help the children appreciate the signs of God s love for them. To help the children discover that Jesus is the greatest sign of God s To help the children recognize that all Jesus did was a sign a God s To help the children begin to understand that they can be signs of love like Jesus. To help the children celebrate that they are signs of God s Chapter 13 We Are God s Children To help the children discover that Jesus loves children. To help the children discover that people everywhere are God s children and that they are alike and different. To help the children understand that they are all children of God and that God s children have fun together. To help the children better appreciate that they are God s children. To help they children celebrate they are all children of God. Chapter 14 Jesus Gathers Friends To help the children understand that Jesus is a friend who welcomes new friends. To help the children deepen their awareness of Jesus friendship. To help the children understand that as friends of Jesus they gather on Sunday to give thanks to God. To help the children better appreciate that they are friends of Jesus who gather to thank God.

4 To help the Children celebrate their friendship with Jesus. Chapter 15 Jesus Tells Stories To help the children discover that the Bible is God s special storybook. To help the children understand that Jesus told stories to reveal God s To help the children recognize that they listen to stories of God s love at Mass. To help the children appreciate that the stories of Jesus reveal God s To help the children celebrate the love of God revealed in the stories of Jesus. Chapter 16 Jesus Gives Thanks To help the children begin to understand that prayer flows from the thankfulness for God s To help the children discover that Jesus teaches them to thank God for To help the children realize that the Mass is a prayer of thanks for God s To help the children deepen their understanding that in prayer they thank God for To help the children discover that Jesus teaches us to thank God for love in Jesus name. Chapter 17 Jesus Celebrates To help the children recognize that Christians are a celebrating people. To help the children discover that Jesus celebrated God s love and invites us to do the same. To help the children understand that Jesus is with us when we gather at Mass to celebrate God s To help the children deepen their awareness of God s love and Jesus presence. To help the children celebrate God s love and Jesus presence. Chapter 18 Jesus Lives God s Love To help the children recognize that when they help and care, they live God s To help the children discover that they show their love for Jesus by living God s love for others. To help the children recognize that the Mass helps Christians celebrate and live God s love as Jesus did. To help the children better appreciate that people like themselves live God s love just as Jesus did. To help the children celebrate their ability to love and care as Jesus did. Unit 5 God s Love Teaches Me to Love Theme To help the children celebrate God s love for them and their own love for Jesus and others. Chapter 19 God Loves Us To help the children deepen their appreciation of God s everlasting love for them. To help the Children understand that they became children of God at Baptism.

5 To help the children understand that God loves and cares for everyone. To help the children learn to take care of God s natural gifts. To help the children celebrate God s gift of nature. Chapter 20 We Love Jesus To help the children realize that Jesus is God s Son and tell stories about Jesus. To help the children plan a Bible dramatization about how Jesus showed God s To help the children plan for the play about the wedding feast at Cana. To help the children practice for the play. To help the children celebrate Jesus and God s love with their friends and families. Chapter 21 We Love Others To help the children discover that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, loved others. To help the children begin to learn the Hail Mary. To help the children celebrate Mary and learn a Mary crowning song. To help the children pray the Hail Mary. To help the children celebrate Mary by participating in a Mary crowning. Other activities ** We Celebrate All Saints Day To help the children deepen their appreciation of those people who live God s ** We Celebrate Thanksgiving To help the children realize that Thanksgiving is a time to remember God and to give thanks. ** We Celebrate Advent To help the children understand that Advent is a time to wait for the celebration of Christmas. To help the children appreciate that Advent is a time to wait for the coming of Jesus. To help the children realize that Advent is a time for preparing as well as for waiting. To help the children celebrate the waiting and preparation of Advent. ** We Celebrate Christmas To help the children understand that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. To help the children deepen their appreciation for the feast of Christmas.

6 To help the children understand that Christmas is a time for gift-giving. To help the children celebrate the gift and gift-giving of Christmas. ** We Celebrate Valentine s Day To help the children understand that Valentine s Day is a time to share love with others. ** We Celebrate Lent To help the children understand that change and growth take time. To help the children understand that Jesus invites them to grow in love during Lent. To help the children accept Jesus Lenten invitation to grow in To help the children celebrate their Lenten resolve to grow in ** We Celebrate Easter To help the children appreciate signs of new life To help the children begin to learn the Easter story. To help the children express their joy at the new life of Easter. To help the children celebrate the new life of Easter. ** We Celebrate Mary To help the children discover that Mary is Jesus mother and learn about the Holy Family. To help the children deepen their appreciation of the Holy Family. ** We Celebrate Life Changes To help the children discover that life changes. To help the children understand that as life changes, they can respond with loving care. ** We Celebrate New Beginnings To help the children consider new beginnings in their lives the coming of summer and the starting of first grade. To help the children understand that when life changes, new things begin.

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